[published Paris, 1811]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 245 x 350mm (9½ x 13¾"). Uncut sheet.
'This species of boat is the swiftest we know...An example among others cited is of a governor general who in his Baawalee-a performed in eight days the voyage from Lucknow to Calcutta, a distance of four hundred marine leagues' (from letterpress published with print). From the third volume of Balthazar Solvyns' 'Les Hindoūs'. Solvyns (1760-1824), a Flemish artist who lived in Calcutta from 1791 to 1803, etched a collection of 250 plates documenting various aspects of Calcutta life. The set was first published in Calcutta, where it proved a financial failure, and Solvyns produced another set which he published in Paris after returning to Europe, although again the venture was unsuccessful, probably in part due to its publication at the height of the Napoleonic Wars. Solvyns later returned to Antwerp, where William I appointed him Captain of the Port.
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